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. senior correspondent scott cohn is there in the buckeye state's capital of columbus. what are you hearing before the polls close, scott? >> reporter: well, bill, it is an important state for both candidates. for governor mitt romney, it is nearly essential in his path to 270 electoral votes. he's made two trips here in the last 24 hours. actually, even less than that. here today up in cleveland for a quick stop following a quick stop at the airport here in columbus last night. vice president joe biden was here today as well practically bumping into governor romney up in cleveland where he paid a visit today. and president obama last night here in columbus, a rally attended by about 15,000 people as well as bruce springsteen and jay-z. all of this has definitely got the attention of the voters in ohio. here at ohio state university, they have been lined up out the door at a polling place here at the ohio union. we're hearing reports of strong turnout throughout the state, including in areas that are heavily republican or heavily independent, which of course tends to favor governor romney.
will it means court battles like we saw in florida in 2000. we're joined now from columbus, ohio. good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning, carl. if it is close, even remotely as close as florida 2000, there are a lot of people who say the legal battles could make florida 2000 look like child's play. we'll have more on that later in the program. ohio is a tricky state. economically and so on which we'll also get to in a moment. i want to tell you about turnout. 1.8 million absentee ballots sent out in ohio. that's a record. as you can see, the students have been turning out here at ohio state university so there is a youth vote turnout as well. it is a tricky state in the campaign narrative this time around. the question is who gets credit for an economy that's doing better than the rest of the country? is it the auto bailout and stimulus? give credit to the president? or did all of this happen in spite of the president and with thanks to the state's republican governor who was on "meet the press" on sunday. >> we made ohio safe for business expansion. we balanced our budget. running hal
more democratic crowd but turnout is big everywhere, including at the columbus area precinct where ohio senator rob portman cast his ballot today. he says that independents are turning out. they favor governor romney. in many respects, the voters are rendering judgment on a strong ohio economy. take a look at the numbers. the unemployment rate here, 7%, that's below the national average. the state ranks third in the nation for job growth over the past year. and in our america's top states for business rankings this year, third for low cost of doing business. but who gets credit for that, the democrats and support of president obama say it's the auto bailout you can the stimulus. supporters of governor romney say it's republican governor john kasich and the strides this state has made are in spite of president obama. economist jason sell legman here at ohio state says it really has to do a lot with ohio's diverse economy. >> we, of course, both make things but we make things for each other, so there are export and import dynamics. >> what is -- will have to be different by the obama admi
good about the state, i do. >> live pictures of governor rom at an airport campaign event in columbus, ohio. let's go back to senator rubio. senator, florida's in lousy economic shape, really hasn't had a lot of recovery, a lot of foreclosures, housing problems. is this the basis of the discontent against obama? >> well, it's certainly the foundation of it. one of the things that's helped in florida is we have a republican conservative leadership in the governor's mansion and the legislature that balances the budget every year, doesn't increase taxes, and that's created stable economic platform at the state level. they need a partner at the federal level, in the white house, and people know that. i think obama care in particular has been devastating and is going to be devastating in florida. small businesses that are cutting back people from full-time to part-time to avoid some of the most onerous provisionth in the law. seniors that understand that the law takes money out of medicare. the seniors that are worried about the future of medicare and the fact that barack obama doesn't hav
cloe. as you can see, we're looking at voters in the battleground state of ohio. this is columbus. no republican president has won the white house who has not won ohio. we're going to take you back to ohio a number of times as voters are hitting the polls across the country today. we have something we don't often see on election day, a big stock market rally. the dow industrials up 133 points today. what's the stock market telling us? good to have you on the program, gentlemen. thank you so much for joining us. let's talk about this rally. are you surprised, paul, that we have a triple-digit move? to what would you attribute such gains? >> good afternoon, maria. am i surprised? no, i'm not surprised. i don't think in the short term, meaning this week, the market says anything about the election. when you look back, as we are over the last 100 years, you have to look back from the week prior to the election and the two months prior to the election. so interestingly, though the polls two months ago showed that obama was really going to run away with it and it's been that way for the
. he's already been in wisconsin. he'll be in columbus, ohio, he'll be in des moines iowa, then head back to chicago where he hopes to have a victory party on tuesday night and get some sleep in his own bed. >> apirparently also play some basketball with some chums as part of a ritual on election days past. >>> to bertha coombs for a "market flash." >> watching a company that makes water filtration systems. pall corp. they now say its outlook for the fiscal first quarter and the full year are looking closer to the lower end. part of it is a headwind of 3.5% which amounts to 7 cents to 10 cents a share. >> yikes. 6% decline on that stock. >>> let's recap some of the other big headlines in today's sessi session. toyota revving up its earnings. proftz tripled and the automaker is raising its outlook as well. but southern companies earnings miss on the top and bottom line. ceo of utility companies says is he concerned about an economic slowdown because of uncertainty over the fiscal cliff. you're up to date on that. >>> meantime, 3 million new ipad sales and a 2% tax rate. apple is sitti
up, for days, the pundits said the election would come down to ohio. scott cohn is in columbus. scott? >> reporter: and the pundits were right. this was the state that put barack obama over the top. how did he do it? with a secret ingredient. and we'll tell you what that is when this special edition of "squawk box" continues. people really love snapshot from progressive, but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit today. >>> we're back with this special edition of "squawk box." scott cohn is in columbus to tell us what a battleground state ohio was and how it really did change the outcome. >> reporter: it did, andrew. this state with 18 electoral votes is almost an uncanny predictor of presid
but our very own senior correspondent scott cohn. he's at ohio state university in fact in columbus. scott, we want of course to get a sense from you as to the mood there, the feeling there. and it's interesting because ohio's economy is actually a little better than than the national average. how might that impact the results? >> well, it certainly has impacted the campaign. you're right, this is a very, very important state. how important? both candidates made a point of stopping here during their last campaign rallies. president obama was at a rally of about 15,000 people with bruce springsteen and jay-z preceding him. mitt romney with an airport rally slightly later in the day. both of them needing the estate badly. romney perhaps needing it more than president obama does as you look at different paths to the electoral college. take a look at ohio by the numbers. 18 key lector cal votes. the unemployment rate here as kelly mentioned, lower than the national average. 7%. and that has complicated things somewhat as governor romney tries to campaign on a bad economy. obama tries to campai
in the 2000 election? cnbc's scott cohn joins us from columbus, ohio. good morning to you, scott. >> reporter: good morning, andrew. it could be if it's a close race that ohio 2012 makes florida looks like child's play. say what you will at enthusiasm, here at ohio state university the youth vote is turning out, lined up half an hour before the polls opened at 6:30 eastern time this morning. the line is moving but moving slowly but they are indeed here. how important is ohio? president obama joined by bruce springsteen and jay-z appeared before about 15,000 supporters at a rally in town town columbus yesterday afternoon. governor romney appeared at an airport rally, olympic figure skater scott hamilton and golfer jack nicklaus providing the star power. along with the armies of campaign worker answer supporters are armies of lawyers already legal battles out if here in ohio, the latest involves this, this is the paperwork that accompanies a provisional ballot. dl is a court case pending. if there is a close race, 50,000 votes on either side it could all come down to this. >> provisional ballot
trouble voting on tuesday's electi election. the secretary of state in ohio, he is in columbus this morning, mr. secretary, thanks for being with us. >> great to be with you, carl. >> we have been spared the defense that new york and new jersey experienced. we have had small scale power outages, there's only been one polling place that was affected and that was only for a couple of hours, so we are back fully going in all of our polling locations to early voting. we had -- so we had some man-made problems. we have contingency plans that could disrupt voting and we don't think that anyone will be inconvenienced on election day. >> the deployment of materials, all the hardware, the personnel, uninterrupted as far as you can tell? >> uninterrupted in the early voting process and we don't expect there to be any issues with any of our polling locations. all of our local board of elections are required under state law to file emergency plans for alternative voting sites, alternative paper ballot options. all kinds of contingencies are planneded for should something occur and we don't
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